Anthony Joshua BEATS Kubrat Pulev LIVE REACTION: Tyson Fury reacts to AJ's challenge on social media – UPDATES

ANTHONY JOSHUA has BEATEN Kubrat Pulev thanks to a brutal triple knockdown and an uppercut that sent shockwaves around the world.

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Follow ALL the action from the big fight and undercard with our round-by-round live blog below…

  • Chisanga Malata

    NOT IMPRESSED

    Anthony Joshua's old rival Dillian Whyte was far from blown away by the Olympian's performance against the durable Kubrat Pulev.

    He said: "Good win, decent performance, good knockout.

    “Strange performance, it seems that he was stuck between two or three different styles.

    “He’s got three different trainers in his camp, I don’t understand what’s going on there.

    “But he got the victory so you can’t really complain.”

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    UNLIKELY PALS

    Here's a pic you never thought you'd see.

    Anthony Joshua, Floyd Mayweather… and Declan Rice!

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  • Chisanga Malata

    THE CHAMP SENDS A MESSAGE TO FANS

    It's safe to say Anthony Joshua was happy to be fighting back on British soil.

    Let's hope it's not too long before we see him back in the ring.

  • Chisanga Malata

    AJ-FURY NEGOTIATIONS TO BEGIN ON MONDAY

    Tyson Fury's American promoter Bob Arum has revealed he plans to open talks with Anthony Joshua's rep Eddie Hearn on Monday over the long-awaited Battle of Britain.

    This is the only fight to make.

    Let's hope both parties can come to a mutual agreement and we can see the biggest fight in British boxing history take place next year.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    COMPLETED IT

    AJ takes a swing at the poster of Pulev post fight.

    After rocking Pulev in an electric third round, the Bulgarian did well to steady himself and carry on, but was dropped twice in the ninth, and couldn't get up the second time.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GET IT DONE

    It's the fight everybody wants to see.

    An Anthony Joshua bout against Tyson Fury at Wembley would be a fight for the ages.

    Let's just hope it happens next year, with a capacity crowd to see it.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BOXING GREATS

    Floyd Mayweather and Anthony Joshua exchanging words after the fight tonight.

    Floyd 'Money' Mayweather's appearance tonight was a surprise to everyone, but he was rewarded for flying over for the fight with some fireworks from AJ.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WORDS FROM THE CHAMP

    Anthony Joshua takes to Twitter after his TKO of Kubrat Pulev.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WARRIORS

    Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev react after AJ's ninth round victory.

    Credit: AP:Associated Press

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    WINNER

    Anthony Joshua takes in the cheers of the crowd as he makes his way back to his dressing room.

    Credit: ©Mark Robinson Ltd
  • Giacomo Pisa

    AJ VS FURY?

    This is what Eddie Hearn has to say on the matter:

    "We know what we have to do, starting from tomorrow we make the Tyson Fury fight straight away.

    "It's the only fight to be made in boxing, it's the biggest fight in boxing, it's the biggest fight in British boxing history."

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FURY REACTS

    Tyson Fury was quick to react to AJ's victory on social media.

    "I want the fight, I want the fight next, I'll knock him out inside three rounds."

  • Matt Penn

    MOOD

    Pulev was tough as nails… but AJ got the job done.

  • Matt Penn

    AJ & FLOYD

    Look who Joshua went straight over to after his win…

  • Matt Penn

    EDDIE HEARN SPEAKS

    "Starting from tomorrow, we make the Tyson Fury fight straight away," Hearn says.

    "Joshua is the best heavyweight in the world. We know what we have to do, we will get it done. "

  • Matt Penn

    JOSHUA SPEAKS

    "Wembley Arena, can you hear me? 1,000 fans I love you all, thanks for having me this evening," he said.

    "Less talk, more action, I hope everyone was satisfied with that tonight.

    "Ask Rob McCracken about my uppercut, I stuck to what I know best, when they're successful, they're successful.

    "We'll reunite in 2021, everyone have a great Christmas.

    "I started this game in 2013, of course I want the challenge, if the challenge is Tyson Fury, let it be Tyson Fury."

  • Matt Penn

    AND STILL

    What a performance from AJ!

  • Matt Penn

    JOSHUA BEATS PULEV!

    That was emphatic as anything from Joshua.

    He floored Pulev four times during the fight and finishes in excellent fashion when the time rolled around.

    Just the performance Joshua wanted and needed.

    Fury vs Joshua anyone?

  • Matt Penn

    ROUND 9

    Joshua let some huge shots go in there – picking Pulev apart with some huge uppercuts. And that was all she wrote in there.

    Fantastic stuff from Joshua, who exits the ring and goes straight to Floyd Mayweather.

    WOW! What a performance from Joshua.

  • Matt Penn

    ROUND 9

    ANTHOINY JOSHUA KNOCKS OUT KUBRAT PULEV!!!!!

  • Matt Penn

    ROUND 9

    PULEV DOWN AGAIN!!!!!!!

  • Matt Penn

    ROUND 8

    Joshua and Pulev both getting a telling off in the ring from the referee. Pulev lands a nice right hand once they get back to it.

    Joshua then tees off on the Bulgarian but Pulev has both of his hands up.

    Pulev then swings and misses with a left hook, the same sort of one that cost him in the third stanza of the fight.

    AJ with most of the work in there. Pulev not doing enough. Simple as that.

  • Matt Penn

    ROUND 7

    Pulev has one hell of a chin!

    Joshua piles in on the uppercuts as they come in close, he adds a few right hands.

    But Pulev stands there and welcomes it all. Still a great performance from AJ so far, he turned the screw there but now he's back on his jab.

    Pulev needs to stop with the rabbit punching in there, the referee is letting him get away with a lot of it.

     

  • Matt Penn

    ROUND 6

    Rob McCracken asks Joshua to get back to his boxing in there. Pulev looked like he enjoyed that fifth round in there.

    Joshua is winning these rounds, but if he's to land a vicious attack like he did in the third then he needs to get back behind his jab.

    Pulev is almost backed up his talk with the way he's acting in there, despite being floored heavily.

    Pulev trying to commit to his shots in there but they're going to leace him very open.

    Another strong round for AJ.

  • Matt Penn

    ROUND 5

    Joshua trying to get back on his jab but Pulev is still in this fight. It's important AJ looks to set his shots up again, rather than rush in.

    The Brit barely looks like he's broken a sweat in there, Pulev much the opposite.

    The longer this goes the more Pulev should feel the heat, but Joshua has slowed himself since that third round.

    Joshua lands a nice right hand and tried to follow up with an uppercut that just grazes past him. AJ looks desperate to make a statement here tonight.

    Pulev lands a nice right hand in the final 30 seconds of the fight.

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